Fantasy Baseball: Waiver Wire Starting Pitcher Pickups-July 7, 2014

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May 26, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (11) pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Monday starts off a brand new week for fantasy baseball owners, and this week is the final full week of baseball before the All-Star break.  Make sure to get your rotation all lined up for the week which includes getting your two-start pitchers in place.  Monday starters are expected to pitch twice this week, so if they can deliver in both outings they can be worth more than any other pickup of the week. There are some nice options this Monday on the waiver wire, so tweak your rotation and get set up for success

Whenever you do decide to check what starters are on the waiver wire, you can check out my daily options which appear right here on Fansided (archive here) most afternoons. You can bookmark the archive page or follow me on twitter for links to the daily posts of options to pick up.  Here are the basic ground rules: recent results are on the final slide of this post, and my choices are always available in at least half of ESPN leagues when I pick them (each player’s ownership percentage is included in parentheses after their team name).  I also include a risk and reward ranking for each selection on a scale of 1-5 with five being the most risk and the most reward.

Here are the options I like the most for Monday:

Clay Buchholz-Boston Red Sox (20.6%)

While he may not be fully back to trustworthy fantasy status, Buchholz has looked worlds better than his early season form in his two starts since coming off the DL. His last outing was the better of the two as he looked strong against the Cubs holding them to one run on five hits in 6.1 innings and reaching exactly 100 pitches.

Early in the season, Buchholz ran up an ERA over 7.00, but he’s improved it now to 6.22.  He still carries risk since he’s snot back to 100%, but he’s showing fantasy relevant form once again.

On Monday, he and the Red Sox face the visiting White Sox at Fenway Park. Buchholz will have the tough White Sox lineup to contend with, so he’s not low-risk for a one-start pickup. However, his long-term upside makes him the first name to check for on the waiver wire this Monday.

Risk-3, Reward-5

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